The Fresh Hop Ale Festival is a non-profit organization whose goal is to present one of the country's top 10 beer festivals, celebrate the Yakima Valley's hops, and support Yakima county based arts and science organizations.  

 

The Fresh Hop Ale Festival (FHAF) was created by Allied Arts of Yakima in 2003.  Conceived as a fundraiser for the arts, the Yakima FHAF was an unlikely catalyst for the emerging craft beer explosion. At the festival’s inception, “wet hop” or “fresh hop” beers were almost unheard of.   The original lineup of beers included less than 10 breweries.

In these early years, a connection was established between local hop growers and the festival.  This, in turn, created a natural link between brewers and the wet hops needed for their fresh hop brews.  When Allied Arts closed, a new non-profit organization called the Fresh Hop Group was formed by festival committee chairs to secure the future of the FHAF and to preserve the spirit of the fundraiser.  Proceeds from the festival continue to support Yakima Valley arts and science programs.

Today, the Fresh Hop Ale Festival continues to be held in downtown Yakima Washington hosting more than 60 breweries and seven thousand guests and is recognized by numerous beer publications as one of the nation’s best beer festivals.  It is a magical time of year where friends from around the world come to Yakima to sample amazing seasonal fresh hop beers. Raise your glass to beer and cheers to the local arts and science programs made possible by the festival!

HOME OF THE HOPS

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The Yakima Valley contains approximately 75 percent of the total United States hop acreage, with an average farm size of 450 acres accounting for over 77 percent of the total United States hop crop.

$101,464

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That's the amount of money given in grants to over 20 Yakima County-based arts and science, non-profit organizations for 2018.

The Fresh Ale Hop Festival isn't just, "One of the 10 Best Beer Festivals in the Nation", it's also a vehicle for community enrichment and positive social change. 

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HOME OF THE HOPS

The Yakima Valley contains approximately 75 percent of the total United States hop acreage, with an average farm size of 450 acres accounting for over 77 percent of the total United States hop crop.

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$101,464

That's the amount of money given in grants to over 20 Yakima County-based arts and science, non-profit organizations for 2018.

The Fresh Ale Hop Festival isn't just, "One of the 10 Best Beer Festivals in the Nation", it's also a vehicle for community enrichment and positive social change.